A Bill Clinton-appointed federal judge blocked President Donald Trump from referencing arguments in his defense during the E. Jean Carroll defamation case.
One of Trump’s most significant obstacles in his recent court battles has been the judges that have been assigned to these cases.
In all but one case, Trump has drawn a hostile judge with Democrat ties, including the E. Jean Carroll case.
To that point, Clinton-appointed Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has ruled in favor of a motion filed by E. Jean Carroll’s attorneys.
The motion blocks Trump from referencing arguments regarding Carroll’s rape claims in the second defamation case.
Judge Kaplan issued his ruling in support of the motion filed by Carroll’s legal team.
Kaplan’s ruling prohibits Trump’s legal team from “offering any evidence, conducting any examination, or making any argument” that had to do with the first defamation case.
The judge added:
“Whether Mr. Trump forcibly and without Ms. Carroll’s consent penetrated her vagina with his fingers—as the Carroll II jury and the Court both found—or also with his penis has nothing to do with injury inflicted on her by the defamatory statements.”
This is one in a string of defeats that Trump has suffered from during this case, the most recent being a denial to delay the case so Trump’s attorneys could consider other options.
Trump has and continues to deny the allegations made by Carroll.
He addressed the accusation again this weekend at an Iowa rally.
During the event, Trump called out Kaplan as a “radical Democrat” and said the allegations were “all made up.”
Trump lost the first defamation case.
In the first get-Trump case, Carroll was awarded $5 million in the judgment.
After that judgment was announced, Trump went on Truth Social and trashed Carroll again.
After the post, Carroll immediately stated that she believed Trump opened himself up to a second defamation suit.
Once the second suit was filed, Trump again tried to invoke presidential immunity.
However, he lost his appeal in December.
The court cited that Trump had waited too long to raise the defense.
In addition to the Carroll case, Trump is also litigating a civil suit brought by Democrat Attorney General Letitia James and four federal cases with nearly 100 charges.
Trump is expected to lose the James civil suit, with his best chances for winning the case being on appeal.